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Church sees future with 20/20 vision
A whole world in our hands
Griswold gladdened by Convention’s prayer, ‘mission energy’
How are you implementing the 20/20 vision for the church’s future?
Deputies concur: Same-sex rites in use, but common liturgies must wait
Budget decisions favor youth, cultural services
Committee elected to nominate candidates for next Presiding Bishop
For the living of these days
For the facing of this hour
Wrap-up of legislation
Media and mission
U.N.’s Jeffrey Sachs calls Church to moral challenge of reconciliation
World Mission statement calls for new focus on evangelism, service
Anglican Observer takes Convention as opportunity to connect with U.S. Episcopalians
Well, yes, we made it after all!
Churchwide action on same-gender blessings must wait, bishops say
Three cheers for volunteers
Consent decision sparks widespread reaction
In unity, diversity, ecumenical visitors share insights
What are you and your congregation doing to improve the environment?
Earth to Convention…protect our food
Those who opposed Robinson’s consent determined to go forward
Saints of God photo
Deputies elect Anderson VP; Werner re-elected president
Venezuela joins ECUSA
Venezuela nueva diócesis de ECUSA
Robinson ratified; Bishops vote 62-43
Interfaith voices strong in support, but church members fear divisions
Native American singers and drummers photo
Title III debate moves forward, sans dramatic changes
What can individuals do to further world peace?
Transfiguration: bomb tests spark lessons in peace
Nazi treatment of gays recalled
Signs and Wonders
Committee expedites 97 late-breaking resolutions
Accusations put Robinson consent on hold
Hiroshima and Healing
Bishop recalls Hiroshima blast: ‘I felt like the room…was dyed purple’
Unawareness is root of all racism, PB tells forum
Youth, young adults lead budget priorities
How should the church invest in youth?
Young adult voices replace rhetoric, command respect
Title III revision favors standing committees’ referral of candidates
Cultural competence essential for seminarians, advocates say
Culturally diverse rites vital to 20/20, bishops affirm
Saints come marching in
Gold: the color of our church
Deputies OK Robinson election
I will raise them up!
'One people reconciled'
Why must the church continue to confront racism?
Once deacons themselves?
Puerto Rico diocese joins ECUSA
Puerto Rico miembro pleno de ECUSA
Francis and Solheim honored
Bishops reject direct ordination to priesthood
Bishops to mull local option for same-sex rites
What is your opinion of capital punishment?
Robinson hearing sets stage for Deputies
Gap widens to chasm says Cape Town archbishop
Sunday Eucharist set for 10 a.m.; Nigerian Archbishop to preach
Witnesses debate blessings’ potential for mission
Ryan reiterates why he could not throw the switch
To the Pointillism
My Lord! What a morning of prayer
Miscellaneous Photo
Chapel's stations update Way of Cross
Art is muse for meditation
What is your prayer for Convention?
For all the saints: Bishops recommend names to calendar
20/20 energy surges through Convention
We're one big, happy Abrahamic family
Christian hope grew in Ground Zero's grief
Being a peace church in the world of war
Church's mission starts with inclusion
No more conversation on women’s ordination, committee decides
Briefly Noted…
Shop now in marketplace of faith
Miscellaneous Photos
Ethnic communities launch new caucus
Sexuality issues spark ‘teachable moments’across Convention
Dioceses encouraged to take up mission of reconciliation
This Family Robinson: New granddaughter delights bishop-elect
How does reconciliation occur in your diocese?
‘We need the gift of one another…,’ PB tells Convention
Nightly ‘General Convention News’ broadcast makes debut
Church’s youngest members find Convention home
Baptismal covenant forms foundation for Title III revisions
Comunidades étnicas se organizan para la Convención General
Catch cues from Cape Town
Middle East, 9/11, Bridging Cultures, 20/20... Can We Talk?
How is the General Convention reflecting the diversity of the Church?
Consent votes for bishops-elect
Visitors, guests emphasize our global connections
Experienced news teams working this convention
Enjoy Minneapolis – but not too much!
Young people add their voices to mix at convention
Budget seeks to reconcile abundance of faith in time of scarcity
Worship to embrace diversity of languages, cultures, music
Morning aims to help participants ground decisions in prayer
Peace group to mark Hiroshima anniversary, host workshops
The Witness magazine to honor peace and justice advocates
American Anglican Council offers ‘Place to Stand’ for traditional views
Collaborative of ministry groups share in ‘Claiming the Blessing’
Video showcases women’s ministries
Be sure to find “The Great Minnesota Welcome”
Committee members ponder issues of faith and genetics, food safety




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Hiroshima and Healing
Prayers tomorrow will fall on Feast of Transfiguration


8/5/2003

Lyndale Park Peace Garden in Minneapolis, sister city to Hiroshima
  

 
At 8:15 tomorrow morning, exactly 58 years after the first atomic bomb demolished Hiroshima, an interfaith gathering will pause in remembrance at the Lyndale Park Peace Garden in Minneapolis.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m., Episcopalians and others will read poems, sing songs and hang paper cranes in the peace garden, culminating with that moment of silent commemoration. Throughout the day, members of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship will give Convention participants origami cranes folded by people across the country.

“I always think about how Aug. 6 in the Episcopal calendar is the Feast of Transfiguration,” said Episcopalian Marj Wunder of Edina., Minn., who was instrumental in creating the peace garden. “There are lots of … metaphorical kinds of messages there about the light that transformed the world, and then we had another light that transformed it for evil.”

Wunder is founder and coordinator of Minneapolis-Hiroshima Friendship Cities, which fosters Minneapolis’ relationship with Hiroshima. Neighboring St. Paul is a sister city to Nagasaki.

In 1983, Wunder and her husband visited Hiroshima. “It proved to be just a life-changing experience.”

Wunder brought with her a notebook of messages written by people in Minneapolis. She presented this to the archives director at the Hiroshima peace museum, who arranged a visit with the museum director. Wunder told him a peace group in Minneapolis hoped the museum could contribute a memorial item for a peace garden. This started a process leading to the dedication of the garden on Aug. 6, 1985, the 40th anniversary of the bombing.

The museum donated a portion of a bridge railing at the epicenter of the explosion. “It truly, truly is a historical, priceless relic,” Wunder said. “For them to so graciously offer this to the city of Minneapolis based on this sort of modest request, it still overwhelms me 20 years later to think about it.”

The pillar-shaped relic stands at one end of the garden, and a similar-looking curbing stone later donated from Nagasaki stands at the other. The Nagasaki stone was given by a citizen who had seven of them. “To him, they represented the seven members of his family that had been lost in the bombing,” said Wunder, calling it “a real symbol of reconciliation.”

Tomorrow’s ceremony will include a retelling of the story of Sadako, a Japanese girl who died of radiation sickness before she and her friends could fold 1,000 cranes, which legend says will cause a wish to be granted. Retired Lutheran Bishop Lowell Erdahl also will speak.

Episcopalians can catch a 7 a.m. shuttle from the Convention Center to the ceremony, but they must reserve a seat today at the Episcopal Peace Felowship exhibit (booth 231) in the Exhibit Hall.


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